Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop

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Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve

Baltimore Canyon Via Dawn Falls Trail Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 702 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

Parking Notice: The start of this trail is at a small dirt public turn out that can accommodate up to 4 cars. Do not drive to the end of the road as there is little room to turn around. It is a very short walk up the road to the trailhead. Hike through lush wooded, fern covered canyons. Pass waterfalls and enjoy stunning SF Bay Vistas. This is a great trail to hike or run, even during or after rainfalls. For longer hike, park near Dolliver Park on Madrone Road. Walk a few blocks to Foley - take a left. Look for stairs after the third house on the left. Take a right at top of stairs and follow the narrow road until the end. There is a trail head sign for Lower Baltimore Canyon trail. Continue approx. one mile to a wooden bridge, where the Upper Baltimore Canyon trail begins. Continue .5-.75 and keep an eye out for the trail going up hill to the right. Cross the small creek and head up Lady Bug Trail to King Mt. Loop. At junction, continue straight, then go left to Wilson Trail. Cross a fire road. Turn right, heading down gravel path. For shorter hike, go left on King Mt. Loop to Dawn Falls or continue past gate on Ridgecrest Rd. Take left at Evergreen Dr. Left on Crown Rd. Becomes Blithedale Summit Fire Rd. Look for Dawn Falls Creek Trail on left just before suspension pipe.

Such a lovely trail. Starts in a neighborhood and has amazing trees. There was no water in the waterfall in June, but it was still nice. Second half is an open road with a steep section to and from it. Overall an amazing find!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail in full shade throughout. The first 1.5 miles is walking by stunning homes. I ended up going counterclockwise which had the heart rate pumping a few times. The signs were kinda misleading. So once you reach the peak at the flat ground, turn to the left instead of going further up because that’ll take you to the hoky poky trail (lol forgot the exact name). Overall - moderately easy.

Beautiful and not too difficult. Located at the end of a private road with amazing houses.

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rocky
12 days ago

It was a beautiful trail. You could see beautiful views. However there is no place to rest or enjoy a quick lunch. We went clockwise and the hike uphill was strenuous but worth it. We enjoyed the up-hill walk as much as we enjoyed the downhill. The parking was an issue, hence park before the one-way roads starts.

Really nice hike - it’s a bit tricky on the downhill but otherwise a pretty nice hike that’s well-shaded throughout

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bugs
rocky
28 days ago

Trail is open. The falls are barely a trickle, but social distancing is good.

2 months ago

Park on paved road near the start. don't wait till the last stop since it's a one way narrow road. Hike starts near the private houses and stays that way for at least first 1.5 miles. Then, a hard climb for 20 mins followed by level walk for 30 mins followed by 20 mins down through Dawn falls trail. Dawn falls itself are empty(no falls). But overall,a beauty within the city.

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike!!! Was very peaceful met some nice people and cute dogs along the way. The trees were amazing... Parking, it’s better to park on paved road and just walk in. There is only parking for about 4 cars on the dirt road.....

hiking
3 months ago

What a lovely trail! Took my dogs with me and they also loved it. Friendly people and animals. The nature is amazing and the trees are beautiful! Must go trail!!

Beautiful peaceful hike. The parking was a little confusing since we were the first ones there so I parked on the street. On our hike back, I was able to observe where I was actually able to park and you have to drive a little further up the paved road and then you’ll see the dirt parking space on your left.

Going clockwise is much better if you want to have a relaxed hike. Mostly shaded, and you will meet many cute dogs along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

We parked on the street and walked. Good hike with great redwoods. Would def do again.

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muddy
5 months ago

Beautiful trail that offers either an easy flat walk-about or a bit of elevation to raise your heart rate if you are seeking an absolutely stunning view of Marin. Each new turn offered a differing view - each more gorgeous than the last, including the SF skyline and MT Tam. Plus there was a plethora of friendly people and dogs to meet! Always a plus.

Part of trail is off leash for dogs. It’s super busy. Can be pretty small trail especially with dogs, kids etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful redwood forest. Love this hike! After reading reviews about the way down being rather dangerous, I chose to go clockwise, taking a left at the first intersection. So glad I did! While scrambling up tree roots and hanging onto trees is kinda fun on a climb upwards, I imagine it to be rather scary on the way down. Once up on the fire road, it’s mainly flat with peekaboo views of the bay. But you don’t need the views. If you’re on this hike, you’re here to be in the woods. And it’s stunning!

Beautiful trees changing color for fall and the smell of eucalyptus simply can’t be beat.

hiking
8 months ago

Please note that the street plan given in the app is completely wrong. Madrone ave connects to Magnolia ave north of Piedmont and is the most direct access route to the falls trail. This caused me no end of confusion. As for the access indications given in the description (left on Foley, stairs after the third house etc. )...I never found the stairs! Hence plan B, the trailhead at the end of Madrone. But I had to park a half-mile from there.

hiking
9 months ago

smells amazingly of eucalyptus in mid to late summer. easy, flat 5 mile loop

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washed out
9 months ago

Great dog hike!

There’s one downhill portion at the end of the loop part that was slippery/steep. Having proper hiking shoes with traction is helpful. A few fallen trees that you had to maneuver around as well. Overall very enjoyable with a lovely shade covering.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful area and trail. Great trail for dogs. Plenty of shade. Plenty of people but not overcrowded on a Saturday.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous! A ton of shade which is great for summer hikes. There was almost no water left by this time, but still totally worth the drive to Marin. didn't bring the dogs but I would bring mine back. The trail can get narrow and steep at times so consider that before bringing pups in the heat.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty easy hike, although the decline was a little hard to do with a dog on a leash since it got pretty steep. All around really nice though and perfect if you’re looking for something under two hours that isn’t too difficult. Watch out for poison oak though.

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bridge out
bugs
private property
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Most of the hike takes place on a comfortable and wide paved fire road. There many so many beautiful different kinds of trees and wildflowers combined with a creek blanketed in ferns. Had a wonderful time watching the earth move around as a little creature - that I never actually saw - tunneled under the underbrush, audibly breaking roots apart while unearthing worms and beetles in the process. During the first part of the hike before getting to the loop I was lost daydreaming of living in this beautiful area while admiring the houses on the other side of the creek bed. This hike surprised me and had my heart working overtime as it suddenly went straight up a nice and closely pathed switchback. It was very challenging for me, though admittedly I’m not as active or fit as most who do these parts of the hike. Of course what goes up must come down, straight down in fact, a rocky-root filled decline where I tripped and slid and despite my slow and careful best efforts, I fell three times. Being prepared with hiking shoes and poles probably would’ve prevented this. I would recommend starting off the beginning of the loop by walking up the part that I haphazardly went down as climbing it would’ve been easier. All of my joints and muscles were used on this hike! Also, my recording logged 6 miles rather than the stated 4.2. *Lots of happy unleashed dogs, so beware if you don’t like that or have a reactive dog.

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